Aside from the odd peek into my bedroom, I don't really do home posts. That's because it's not really *my* house and it's not decorated to my taste ... in fact it's not been properly overhaul-decorated since the early-mid 90s when we first moved in. A lot of the ornaments etc dotted around are the ones my Mam didn't even like enough to take with her when she moved out ten years ago so why they're still here six years after she died is a mystery. I guess you just get used to your surroundings and don't really notice or think about them much.
Anyway, Dad recently decided to overhaul the downstairs of the house and we've got the builders coming in in about ten days' time so I thought I'd do a little Before post, and hopefully in the not-too-distant future an After. We live in a two-bedroomed ex-council house, which is actually really spacious despite not having many rooms.
I did a little diagram of the layout in Excel:
So we currently have a kitchen and a living room-diner, and we'll be knocking out one wall and filling another in to make a living room and a kitchen-diner. At the moment the dining room area is just dead space, we never go in there. We think that in making these changes the living room will be cosier as there won't be the cavern of unused space behind it, and the dining area in the kitchen will actually get some use, as it just makes more sense to be there.
Here's what the kitchen looks like now - as you can see, very country-style and quite dark and drab by today's standards (check out those picture tiles!). Dad's already made a start de-tiling. The back door will be filled in so there'll be an L-shaped set of units in that corner.
And here is the living/dining room:
Dining room currently being used as an arena for sorting out decades worth of family photos, drying laundry and not much else. The wall where the serving hatch is will be knocked through to the kitchen and the window will become French doors out into the garden.
So there we have it - wish us luck and hopefully I'll have a lovely bright new kitchen to show you before too long!